Sharon Woodworth, MA

Healthcare Principal
American College of Healthcare Architects

Sharon Woodworth is an architect with over twenty-five years of experience planning, conducting, and driving change in healthcare operations through architectural design. Ms. Woodworth was invited by Drs. Fleming and Fisher to develop a course exposing graduate students to healthcare architecture; their perspective acknowledged the full interprofessional intent of the M.S. HAIL program and recognized the impact of the environment on healthcare access, safety, affordability, and quality. As an inaugural faculty member, Professor Woodworth has created the only known course for an academic medical institution on healthcare environments.

After careers in nursing and journalism, Ms. Woodworth received her master’s degree in architecture and focused her career on healthcare facility design. With over eleven million square feet of healthcare facility planning and design experience, she is knowledgeable about a wide range of hospital operations and continuum-of-care issues from pediatrics to senior living, including diverse cultural perspectives from the United Kingdom to the Philippines and China. Her designs recognize the value of research-based initiatives from EDAC and LEED Certification to Pebble Partnerships and Magnet Recognition; her ability to balance the science and art of architecture has led many of her projects to win design awards, and all of her projects are well publicized. Sharon Woodworth’s broad influence in the field of healthcare architecture was recognized in 2017 by elevation to the College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects; out of over 110,000 architects in the U.S., she is one of only 11 women who are board-certified healthcare architects with the distinction of Fellow.